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Forum: Parallel Universe 09-10-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Coulda

What you could have done is pull the rear of the bike down until the swingarm is in line with the swingarm pivot and the front sprocket. If you still had some slack then you were less likely to have...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-28-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,071
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
throttle bodies

I think the throttle bodies on the 650/700 are smaller than the 800
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-27-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
tube

Stick a tube in it.
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-27-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,248
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Hagon fork springs

Transformed the handling at relatively low cost. Best bang for buck so far.
Also fitted ricochet bash plate. Have not used it in anger. But looks good.
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-21-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
hehehe

You are funny. But I do press them in properly. :-)
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-20-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
pipe

I use a length of thick walled 1 inch square tube. and a hammer. Works a treat.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-30-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 961
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Vin

I had the instrument panel replaced on my x-challenge twice under warranty. The first time was due to it leaking when I dunked the bike in a big mud puddle. (Learning) Then the LCD started to...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-14-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,625
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Taller!

My F800gs came with the low seat. It wasn't much better than my x-challenge. I went for seat concepts. I was going to get the standard height, but went for the tall version for added comfort.

It...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-09-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,064
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
for Bimmer

ditto. Not seen anything on touratech that would add enough protection to justify the cost and weight. Some people just like bling.

Actually 1 item: I did purchase a low profile sump plug for my...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-07-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,072
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
wiring diagram

I am pretty sure that BMW publish wiring diagrams separately for their service staff. I tried to find one for my xchallenge. One dealer sent me some screen prints.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-06-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,658
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Tip

IF you are using a clip link. A tip given to me by a race bike mechanic is to put a dob of rtv on the clip. It stops it rattling, wearing out(loosening) and less likely to fly off.
Personally, I use...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-28-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,662
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
head bearings

was the correct method used for tightening head bearings? i have had a helpful mechanic over tighten them without following the manual. feels like a flat.
loosen pinch bolt
tighten bearing to 25Nm...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-22-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,214
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
what they said

Yep, clean with white spirits when I can. Lube before/after every ride. I use renthal chain lube. Generous oiling, then whipe off excess. Chain's last very well if you look after them.

And YES,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-16-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 818
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Scorpion mt90 A/T and Shinko 705

Scorpion mt90 A/T up front and and Shinko 705 on the rear.
Stable on rad up to high speeds. Good in the wet. Great on gravel and dirt roads. Ok in dry trails.
Not a miracle. So not as good as a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-08-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,444
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Before and after

I completed a 2500km round trip with the boys last week. After a week of booze and pub meals there were signs of a significant increase in sag by the time I got home. Or are you talking about the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-24-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,188
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
practice

It is worth practicing this at home when you next change a rear tyre. Then you know you can do it out on the road. Using the side stand to pop the bead is a bit tricky, but it does work. Make sure to...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-21-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 848
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Special tool

The BMW reprom does not show the need for a special tool to drain / replace coolant. Just fill it up and bleed it from the bolt in the water pump housing. Looks pretty simple. I can't see how a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-21-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,378
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Tip

I fitted bleeders to my F8gs forks. No problem. I chose bleeders with the fattest thread and knurled so you do them up by hand.
Using my cheap drill press I drilled the holes nice and square. I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-17-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,232
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
rubber

I was thinking of using that spray on coating. plasti-dip. It is removeable.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-14-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Hagon - bang for buck

Hagon progressive springs, no other mods. makes the bike handle a lot better.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-13-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Enjoy it.

Enjoy
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-13-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,640
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Springs

My 2009 f800gs is great but I found it would get out of shape at speed on a bumpy twisty road and was a bit of a handful.
For Christmas I shouted the bike a set of Hagon progressive springs....
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-09-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,723
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
gs911

you can do it with the gs911. so dealer should be able to.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-08-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 596
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Answer is 2009 - according to user manuals

I have a 2009 and it can display "range" which "indicates how far you can ride with the fuel remaining in the tank." That is what is in the 2009 owners manual.

According to the 2010 owners manual...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-07-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Direction arows

The rimms have direction arrows on them.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-04-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,223
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
G650 - x-challenge

Owned one between r1200gs and F800gs.
Great bike, light, grunty, competent.
I used the poor thing to improve my dirt riding. treated it like any other dirt bike. Plastics got scratched up but...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-03-2014, 04:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
you said:I want a fun tire on asphalt but still...

you said:I want a fun tire on asphalt but still be confident on forestry roads at speed. Not for real heavy off roading, of course if a road turns messy I'm not turning around..

for that reason...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-01-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 777
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Bugger.

Looks like you have wound it out too far. Time to pull the shock. On the good side, you should be able to re-assemble the pre-loader without too much issue. May need to compress the spring. (I use...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-01-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,212
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Gravel

Having made a recommendation, I am going to change it. If you want to ride adventure then I recommend learning to ride in the dirt. I found the r1200GS intimidating in gravel. So I went to G650...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-01-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,212
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
try them

I've had a bunch of BMW singles: Original F650, Aprilia version of same and G650 x-challenge. I have f800gs now, last bike was the x-challenge and before that an R1200GS (Air/Oil cooled.) (Mainly big...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Should work

So long as the bars are the same diameter, you should be able to transfer the whole heated grip assemblies over. Maybe drill and tap a hole for locating them. But not strictly necessary.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,600
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Maybe not a requirement.

For the G650 (Single) the user manual states:
"BMW Motorrad recommends not using synthetic oils for the first 10,000 km."

There is no such statement in any of the F800 user manuals.
Maybe it is...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,036
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
200 flat out

Flat out on my high mileage f800gs is 200km/h according to the speedo.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-23-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,022
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
out of sync

I know that on the G650s (x-challenge etc built by Aprilia) the throttle position could loose it's start position if you open the throttle while staring the bike. Throttle should be left alone when...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-23-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
shop

Go back to the shop. Most bike accessory stores sell an "LED resistor kit" to make these work.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-21-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,310
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Laugh

You have to laugh.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-21-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,310
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
So much complaining

You are not riding a harley. Nothing wrong with revs. Live with it.
If the F800gs is not what you want, as it is, then look elsewhere. Manufacturers can not make everyone happy.
I like the bike...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-16-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 274
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Hydraulic fluid

Engineering supplied will have it. or use BMW/KTM mineral oil hydraulic clutch fluid. (Not brake fluid)
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-15-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,748
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Recomend MT90 front 705 rear

I run the Pirelli MT90A/T up front. Love it. Stable in gravel, good in wet and dry. I run Shinko 705 Radial on rear. It is the closest thing I could find to the pirelli without going towards TKC80. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-12-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Tyres do not wear together

Front tyres typically outlast rear tyres at least 2:1. Run the recommended pressures and replace the back by itself and the front every second rear.
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